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2014-12-18

Local water supply approved for TWDB loan

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The Bandera River Ranch Water Supply Corporation received news last week that the nonprofit has been approved for a loan from the Texas Water Development Board for improvements in its system.
The TWDB approved financial assistance totaling over $63 millon for multiple water and wastewater projects around the state. Seven of the 11 projects approved will benefit rural communities, including the Bandera River Ranch Water Supply Corporation.
The corporation will receive $450,000 in financial assistance.
Jim Dietert, president of the corporation's board of directors, said the loan will allow the corporation to drill a new well, complete with storage tank and a pressure boosting system.
"We have not been immune to the drought," said Dietert, "and our [existing] well capacity has gone down."
In response to water quality and quantity issues facing the Bandera River Ranch Subdivision which the corporation serves, the "board formed a task force that included a couple of our customers and they looked at locations, financing and more," said Dietert.
"It was a quality of life issue with us," he added.
Dietert expressed his gratitude to the subdivision's homeowners association for donating the land to the nonprofit water supply company for the location of the new proposed well.
The task force will now begin the long process of obtaining the required permits and developing the plans for their addition to their water system.
"It will probably be the first quarter of 2016 before the new well will go on-line," Dietert said.
The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state's water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.